Batman: The Widening Gyre (Issue 1)


Written by Kevin Smith; Art by Walter Flanagan and Art Thibert; Cover by Bill Sienkiewicz

Sep 17, 2009 Comic Books Web Exclusive

Kevin Smith (yes, that Kevin Smith) is at it again, writing comic books. We've seen his well-received takes on Daredevil and Green Arrow and the somewhat mixed reactions to the recently collected Batman: Cacophony, with Walter Flanagan on the art chores. Smith and Flanagan have reunited for Batman: The Widening Gyre, a six-issue limited series that just kicked off. More

New Avengers: The Reunion


Written by Jim McCann, Penciled by David Lopez

Sep 10, 2009 Comic Books Web Exclusive

For fans of the West Coast Avengers series from the early 1980s, New Avengers: The Reunion scratches a certain long-neglected itch. And it also exposes, in a sense, the limitations of the 30-year+ serial story. Former couple Bobbi Morse (aka Mockingbird) and Clint Barton (known for most of his career as Hawkeye, but now going by the decidedly less campy and rather ho-hum identity of Ronin) hash out what remains of their relationship while playing at high-stakes superheroics. More

Batgirl (Issue 1)


Written by Bryan Q. Miller, Penciled by Lee Garbett, Inked by Trevor Scott, Cover by Phil Noto

Sep 09, 2009 Comic Books Web Exclusive

Much of the anticipation in the buildup to Batgirl #1 centered on speculation about the identity of the new Batgirl. The first issue wastes no time in the reveal; Batgirl removes her mask on page 8 after a bust-up with some illegal street racers to show that she is Stephanie Brown. More

Tasty Bullet


Story by Jonathan Vankin and Arnold Pander, art by Arnold Pander

Sep 04, 2009 Comic Books Web Exclusive

The title of Tasty Bullet refers to a product, an addictive energy drink in a bullet-shaped can, for which the protagonist is a pitch girl/stuntwoman. It would probably make a great movie. Hot girls, short skirts, dangerous love, corrupt corporations, and action aplenty. But I'm not sure it makes for a great comic. More

Sweet Tooth (Issues 1 and 2)


Written and drawn by Jeff Lemire

Sep 03, 2009 Comic Books Web Exclusive

Jeff Lemire's Sweet Tooth, a new ongoing series from Vertigo, focuses on Gus. He's a sweet-natured young boy who's grown up in isolation, living off the land in a small cabin, with only his father for company. Gus happens to be a human-animal hybrid. He's part deer. More

Sweet Tooth (Issue 1)


Written and drawn by Jeff Lemire

Sep 02, 2009 Comic Books Web Exclusive

To paraphrase its creator, Sweet Tooth is a mix of Bambi and Cormac McCarthy's The Road, an unrelentingly tale of fathers and sons in the wake of an apocalyptic disaster. More

Terror Titans


Written by Sean McKeever, Penciled by Joe Bennett

Aug 31, 2009 Comic Books Web Exclusive

Super-teens are being snatched up and brainwashed into serving as gladiators in an underground fight club. But the main focus in Terror Titans is on those doing the snatching. More

Aug 28, 2009 Comic Books Web Exclusive

The Surrogates: Flesh and Bone is a prequel to 2006's The Surrogates, the movie version of which, starring Bruce Willis, will soon hit theaters near you. It revisits a sci-fi world where it's possible to live life almost completely remotely, via highly advanced robotic avatars, aka "surrogates." More

Welcome to Forest Island

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Art by Bwana Spoons

Aug 27, 2009 Comic Books Web Exclusive

Over the span of his career, Bwana Spoons has been using his highly stylized and imaginative art to create Forest Island—a hyper-kinetic and super-saturated place that his surreal characters call home. A compilation of pieces that could easily stand on their own, and short narratives, Welcome to Forest Island may actually form some grand narrative from cover to cover. Spoons, as a multi-media artist, combines his abilities in painting, design, screen-printing, and toy making in these addictive 144 pages. More